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Geek Parenting

Geek Parenting January 2018

Geek Parenting is dedicated towards providing the best source of information to help parents in today’s technology-savvy and digital world! Covering broad areas such as Toys, Gadgets, Kidspreneur, Education, Travel and Photos/Videos, there will always be cool stuff you can do as a parent together with your kids all year around! Whether you want to teach your kids how to program or spoil them with geeky toys, you won’t want to miss out!

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editor’s note

The rise of social media as had an unfortunate side effect in the amount of vitriol that people (albeit a small number) have a tendency to throw at one another. The safety of being behind a screen has removed the real world filter that usually lets people think twice before speaking out immediate thoughts. It’s created a seemingly consequence free playground for would be abusers, and an almost inescapable torment for potential victims with the ubiquitous nature of today’s digital connectivity. Cyberbullying is a very real problem today, and it’s a horrible thought for any parent to think that their very own could be suffering from this, or even dishing it out. Comments seem to be even more hurtful when posted online, no matter how off handed. Perhaps because we can…

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Amanda Wright Mum of two boisterous little girls, Amanda is a freelance copywriter and proof reader with over 10 years’ experience in the world of marketing and communications. Amanda writes for a number of publications and small businesses, whilst working around the school run, gymnastics, dance class, netball, cricket and well just daily life! David Layzelle David is the owner of 73 Ltd, the premiere freelance writing company, specialising in Academic work, Business writing, game reviews, and purely creative assignments. He is a single parent, juggling two kids, running a successful writing business, and playing the latest Xbox game throughout the day. Zunammie Keren Zunammie is a freelance writer who specializes in technology and education related topics. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Technology, Jamaica. On most weekends you can…

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the geeky monthly

3DOODLER CREATE You don’t have to be an expert to create amazing 3D art with this gadget. The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen that squeezes out a thin, flexible, strong (and child-friendly!) heated plastic which quickly hardens. You can either trace over doodles on a paper or draw directly in the air itself! Whatever you imagine you can create right in front of your eyes. The plastics come in a range of different colours. You can find it here. BYTE SIZED NEWS Loveable AI Robot A UK inventor send out his pint sized creation to the public to see how they would react to it. Most avoided it, met it with some trepidation but some where warmed with its questions such as ‘What is love?’. Watch the video here. Second Law of Thermodynamics A team…

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rise of the non-humans cgi characters rule!

“...THERE IS AN INCREASING INCIDENCE OF YOUNGER UP-AND COMING ACTORS AND ACTRESSES HAVING FULL BODY SCANS...” WHERE ARE WE NOW? We have a lot to thank actors like Andy Serkis for. Be it Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movies or General Snoke in Star Wars, when he portrays a non-human, he does so with a panache and vibrancy that gives that grabs and convinces the viewer. Films are much richer for the addition of human elements and mannerisms in decidedly un-human characters, but with technology advancing swiftly, where does this particular rabbit hole end up?? Fundamentally different from animated films, those with CGI characters try to convince us that the person onscreen is actually real rather than some anthropomorphised animal/car/tree/cup & saucer, and they are…

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autism friendly apps

Climb inside the mind of an autistic child and you’ll find certain nuances and qualities that set them aside from other children. One of the more notable differences is they way in which they interact with technology, be it physical gadgets or computer apps. Many autistic children find that these technical asides are not only entertaining, but also relax the stresses that they can feel in everyday life; to an autistic child, something which might be simply interesting to others might be a vital lifeline. Tablet computers have become the Swiss Army Knives of the electronics world, giving droves of children and young adults access to all manner of games, entertainment, news, and reading material. They have also been linked to positive behaviour in autistic children. Autism is a spectrum disorder with,…

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“EMOJI’S HAVE NOW MOVED FROM A RANGE OF EMOTIONS TO JUST ABOUT ANY SEASONAL CHARACTER YOU CAN IMAGINE.” We can probably thank Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University for giving us emojis – the tiresome little pictures that increasingly invade out text messages. Scott proposed using certain keyboard characters to create stylised faces in text and emails to convey emotions. Plainly, typing a colon followed a right curved bracket saves around 0.63 of a second when you want to state that you are happy and, presumably, if you add all those little bits together, you end up with another few seconds in which to send pointless tweets. Using keyboard characters was all well and good, and gave the user the potential to create three happy faces, three unhappy ones,…